Claire's at the Depot

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1427 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Great for Lunch
In a casual yet elegant atmosphere, set in a recently remodelled century old historic train station, Claire's passion is great food and outstanding service. Offering contemporary American cuisine - local, seasonally focused - with a Southern flaire. The renovation honors the historic character of the Warrenton Train Depot, resulting in a warm, comfortable environment for casual meetings with friends, or special occasions and intimate family meals. The warm, elegant Garden Room provides seating for intimate meals, while the Tavern Room features a more casual dining experience in luxurious surroundings. A rotating selection of craft beers is available on tap, and the wine service is regularly expanded. Outdoor dining is available in season, and private events can be hosted in one of several areas in the restaurant. Awarded "Best of Warrenton" every year since 2006.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Southern, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation

Parties 5 or more or special requests please call for reservations.

Brunch: Sunday: 10:30am - 2:00pm;
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm.
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm,
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(540) 351-1616
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Claire Lamborne
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Catering
Claire"s full service catering will make your next event truly special – from an elegant wedding - to an important business affair - to a company picnic of two thousand. Claire's offers a variety of fabulous foods to suit your taste and budget. Our menus are inspired by the seasons. We support local farmers whenever possible and are happy to accommodate vegetarian requests.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Lee Street
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Parking details
Public parking on Lee street, 3 minutes walking distance
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Entertainment
For Special Events.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1427 People Are Saying
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4.6
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
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RM
3.0Dined 2 days ago

This was my first negative experience at Claire's in a half dozen visits there. I'm thinking it was just one of those days. Otherwise, love the place and recommend it to all.

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AJ
5.0Dined 3 days ago

Got the famous she crab soup and as always was amazing! Both our drinks from the bar were really good. My friends said her salad (wedge) was really good and both our main meals (chicken and the ratatouille risotto) were great !

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t
5.0Dined 6 days ago

Claire's is our "go to" restaurant for fine dining. The best she crab soup, thick and creamy, and full of crab meat! Our entrees were perfectly prepared. The key lime pie is the perfect blend of sweet and tart. Claire's makes special occasions extra special!

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OT
4.0Dined 6 days ago

It was mediocre. Made the reservations two weeks in advance but we had a awful table crammed into an area right off the bar. Our waitress took forever to take our drink order. The food was good but not worth the trip.

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k
5.0Dined 6 days ago

I had. 5 o’clock reservation. There was a couple in front of us who were seated. Then we were next a party o 2. A group of 4 guests arrived after us. When the hostess came back she looked at me then one of the gentleman in the group of 4 gave his name and said he had reservations for 4. Even though we were next, she took them first even though one of the group said the]at we were next. I would have thought she would have seated us first. A gentleman came out and he took care of seating us.

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TL
5.0Dined 6 days ago

I've never had a bad dish at Claire's! A little pricey for lunch, but their food is delicious!

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DF
5.0Dined 7 days ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our Dinner at Claire's. Excellent food and service. The menu was creative and used fresh produce.

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RC
5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

As always, Claire’s did not disappoint. While the food is prepared perfectly, it is the service and “grace” of Claire’s that makes us come back again and again. Claire’s is our go-to restaurant in Warrenton.

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SH
5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

We went to Claire's to celebrate our Anniversary. Our reception (upon entry) and service before, during, and after the meal was exceptional .... and the meals were even better. Outstanding, Claire's is what all restaurants should be. We will definitely go back for brunch, lunch and dinner.

Thank you Claire, your restaurant is top notch ...

Steve and Cindy

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WT
5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Claire's was as usual very comfortable with excellent food and service! Dining at Claire's is always a pleasure.

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j
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Excellent choice for Sunday brunch. The restaurant is beautifully decorated and
the service was prompt and friendly . Their brunch menu was impressive offering lots of choices from eggs to pancakes to fish. We enjoyed brunch and will definitely be back.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

We came to Claire’s to celebrate my girlfriends birthday. We had a table in the corner by the fireplace, perfect for a romantic dinner.

We tried the She Crab soup, wedge salad, filet &frites, and even the berry dessert and coffee to finish it off. All were amazing! The crab soup was full of meat, the salad had crisp lettuce, the filet was incredibly tender and full of flavor.

The desert came with a Happy Birthday message and candle.

We would recommend this to anyone wanting to celebrate a special occasion, or even just just enjoy a nice dinner on the patio.

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KP
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

SO happy Claire's is here to stay! Always our #1 choice for celebrating special occasions and for out-of-town guests. The food is delicious, creative and a great value. We dined on the patio at lunchtime and the setting was so relaxing and refreshing! The service and food are consistent and the best!

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NV
3.0Dined on July 7, 2018

One wants to love Claire’s! Its exterior with a tasteful, pretty sign is inviting and promising. Ditto for the entry and dining room. Despite most tables being filled, the noise volume was low.
Our table’s buttery yellow damask tablecloth was lovely, but faux—fabric paper napkins detracted from it. Our server was quite slow, and her enthusiasm, overdone and insincere, was off-putting. Another staff member picked up my companion’s plate (without asking) before she was finished and had to be asked to leave it. The crabcake was tasty enough, but the accompanying French fries were overly oily.
The bathroom is a destination to be grateful for — clean, spacious, attractive!
It was my fourth visit in maybe eight years, and each time I’ve had the impression that the food and service weren’t up to par with the ambiance.

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MB
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Beautiful place to have a romantic date or celebrate special days. The staff is extremely kind and goes out of their way to make you feel special. Last but not the least the food and cocktails are awesome!!

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OT
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

You can’t go wrong with Claire’s!

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WP
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

We we're celebrating a friend's birthday. The food was amazing and it was quiet enough to have real conversations. We live in Maryland and it was worth the drive.

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DL
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Claire's is a great place to bring friends because the food is very good and presented
beautifully. The ambiance makes newcomers want to come back as soon as possible.
I love to go with girlfriends, and my husband enjoys meeting up there with some
old Army buddies for a long, tasty lunch. The menu is varied and changes according
to seasons. I wish it was in Fairfax so we could go weekly!

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JP
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

We took our granddaughters there for lunch. The food was delicious. No printed children’s menu, but options made available. Nice ambiance. Highly recommend.

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TO
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

On our 31st Wedding Anniversary, my wife and I drove out to Warrenton. The experience was well worth the drive. The food and service was excellent. Can't wait for a reason to return.

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JG
3.0Dined on June 27, 2018

We chose Claire's based on out past experiences dining here - very good food, excellent service and reasonable prices. We were very disappointed. The meat in the appetizer, advertised on the menu as tenderloin was tough and stringy (clearly not tenderloin) and the veal scallopini was likewise uncheweable. The service was excellent.

We won't choose Claire's again.

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LS
5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

It could not have been a better experience for our anniversary. The hostess sat us in a quiet corner next to the fireplace. It was quiet, as we like it, since it was not crowded. The food was superb.

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F
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Celebrating our 30th Anniversary. The food and service was a amazing as always! This was our 3rd year in row for our Anniversary brunch!

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g
4.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Great food, service. Our go to for special occasions!

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PK
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Always delicious and good quality food at Claire’s ! We live in Clifton, so it’s a drive but we’ll worth it!

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OT
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

We love this local restaurant. Great food and a great patio. Our server, Lewis was fantastic. All the staff are friendly and professional. We brought friends from out of town and we had a lovely evening. Highly recommend!

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J
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Excellent (food, service, and ambience) and will definitely return and recommend!

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T
4.0Dined on June 22, 2018

I've been to Claire's a number of times. I love the place. Somehow the menu this time seemed ho- hum. The ahi tuna was perfectly prepared, but the salad it came with disappointing. Maybe it was just an off day for me, but the menu just seemed tired. The service and the staff were impeccable. I'll be back I am sure.

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SS
5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

Enjoyed. Our server was delightful. The food delicious. We were able to eat & talk with our friends with no loud background noise even though they seemed to have all tables full.
Good value.

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DJ
4.0Dined on June 21, 2018

Salads great, main course outstanding except for mundane french fries with filet mignon. Specialty drink not to my liking but acceptable.

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J
5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Always consistent and only good restaurant in town.

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a
5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

One of our favorite restarants! The food is always excellent!

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OT
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

The food is always good here, and so is the coffee. Service staff are great even though they could use a couple of more to alleviate the pressure of a restaurant that is almost always at full capacity. My one complaint is that I would have preferred to be seated in the main dining area, and not the cafe - or at least have been informed of the location of the table when I made the reservation, especially since it was Father’s Day.

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KP
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

As always, an amazing meal, never disappoints, the food came out quickly, was hot and delicious. The atmosphere and service were excellent. One of our favorite restaurants.

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TR
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Thank the universe and the customer who bought the building which in turn kept Clairs open.
This is one of our top 5 dining establishments.
Clair and team,
Do not change a thing, it works.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Excellent in every way!

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AM
5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

We had a lovely evening. We were there to celebrate a birthday and an anniversary. The food was amazing and the service spectacular. We will be back!

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s
5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Not my first time at Claire's. The staff members are always friendly, well informed about the food selections. This latest visit's special halibut dish was one of the best meals that I have ever tasted. My complements to the chef.

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JS
5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Incredible atmosphere, service and food! This was my first time there, but will definitely be back very soon!

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B
4.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Always a favorite, was glad to see the service is better. The hostess at the front door on Fri 6/15
was not welcoming, took another 2 some without a reservation ahead of our party of 4 WITH a
reservation WITH a request for porch/table close to window. When party was seated (1130) she said that she couldn't seat us at the window tables. No "reserved" sign, no explanation, we felt
we were talked down to.... didn't set well with the forsome for a festive birthday.

Was pleased to see trout stuffed with shrimp on the menu but it was cold, tasteless, served with a table spoon or white rice with something in it and I dare anyone to find or taste any shrimp... very disappointing and NOT worth it$$.

Maybe better next time...

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